De­bate over crash

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Wadding­ton was driv­ing be­tween 30 and 40mph and wit­nesses saw his Peu­geot veer­ing from side to side in the mo­ments be­fore the crash.

Later neu­rol­ogy tests ruled out that he had had a stroke at the wheel, but he said he can nor­mally tell if he is feel­ing drowsy af­ter hav­ing wine.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent he said if he had dozed off, it would have been sud­denly, in a way that has never hap­pened be­fore. As a re­sult he handed in his li­cence to the DVLA.

There was also a de­bate in court as to whether he had been warned in 2012 that he should stop driv­ing.

His wife had asked him to at­tend a sleep ap­noea clinic be­cause of his snor­ing, and a letter sent by the clinic to his GP ap­peared to rec­om­mend that he shouldn’t drive.

But de­fence so­lic­i­tor David Bar­ton said Wadding­ton re­ceived no in­struc­tion to stop driv­ing. If he had re­ceived such in­struc­tion he would have faced the more se­vere charge of caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Mr Bar­ton pointed out that there was no ev­i­dence to sug­gest that his client had taken the wrong med­i­ca­tion, or that his treat­ment for sleep ap­noea in 2012 had any bear­ing on the crash.

He stated: “Any sug­ges­tion there is a his­tory that might have con­trib­uted to this is com­pletely in­cor­rect. There is no sug­ges­tion that Mr Wadding­ton was ever told that he should not drive.

“He is scrupu­lously hon­est and would not have put him­self into a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion as a driver.”

The scene of the crash in in Cran­brook Road, Ten­ter­den

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